West Coast Tipi Glamping

By Abby Jeffords

One of the hottest trends in the glamping realm in 2012 was most certainly tipi glamping. Tipis haven't stopped just there, either; we even saw them pop up as a décor element for children's playrooms and parties. While tipis have been around for centuries, originally as durable housing for Native Americans in the Great Plains, 2012 was the year of the tipi, and we don't see the tendency slowing down anytime soon.

These cone-shaped tents were traditionally made of animal hides and easily constructed and deconstructed to fit the mobile lifestyle of the Great Plains Native Americans. The word tipi comes from the Sioux word thi, which means to dwell.

Luxury Tipis in Ancient Desert Hills of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, California

The Death Valley National Park might seem like an unlikely setting for a glamping site, but the surrounding mountain peaks give way to breathtaking views of the vast desert. Discover the peculiar beauty of the desert and the nearby, quaint, old mining town from this glamping site.

Daytime activities include picnics made to go, bird watching, hiking, and a dip in the nearby hot springs. When the sun goes down in the winter, the site provides campfires under the vast desert sky. Best part? The staff does your dishes from dinner while you relax over s’mores!

Quirky Zen-Tipis Pitched at Charismatic Woodland Retreat, Oregon

This luxurious, nature-filled tipi retreat in Mohawk Valley near Eugene, Oregon, is truly a full-service glamping site. This collection of seven tipis and three cabins makes this an ideal venue for a staff retreat, family reunion, or destination wedding.

With Native American inspired names, like Crazy Horse and Chief Sitting Bull, the site pays homage to the history of the tipi. In addition, the gorgeous tipis are set in a lush, secluded woodland setting, and they are all decorated in a Zen-style, complete with cozy, goose down comforters.

What is truly remarkable about this particular site is its extensive culinary offerings. All meals are wholesome and locally sourced, and they range from smoked salmon and eggs (from the retreat’s own chickens, of course) for breakfast to family style paellas, prepared by the owner, for dinner.

Apart from leisurely hiking excursions, daytime activities include wine tasting at local wineries, soaking in the natural springs, and motorcycle tours for the especially daring.

The Glamping Groove

By Abby Jeffords

Camping has been a traditional family holiday for many years, but the excitement of sleeping outdoors and embracing the elements is not for everyone. That's why a whole new trend has been born from the old style camping, and it's called glamping, or glamorous camping.

Why go glamping? It's green! Like traditional camping, glamping still focuses on saving the environment by using solar power, composting toilets, and, in many cases, the accommodations are constructed from recycled materials.

Glamping is also for everyone. There are a variety of holidays that are perfect for glamping, such as romantic, luxurious getaways for couples and action-packed holidays for large families.

Selecting just how glamorous you want your camping to be is your choice. There are many styles of glamping available that still maintain the essence of the original camping experience. Staying in touch with nature remains very much the focus, and the various locations are stunning, to say the least.

Glamping accommodations come in many styles, including luxurious tents, yurts, and tipis. Tents can be extremely spacious and include things like large beds, rugs, lamps and other comforts and accessories.

How about a camper van? These typically come equipped with a connection for music, kitchens, and luxurious linens. There are beautiful cabins, yurts, cottages, lodges, wagons and domes, as well, that sleep anyqhere from two to twelve people.

It doesn't stop there—the possibilities go on and on. Of course, this doesn't always come cheap; that's why finding the best price is important. It's good to do some research until you find something that suits your budget.

The best thing about glamping is that there are virtually no limits to the locations and types of adventures you can have. Whether you are looking for a trekking week, a culinary or cultural exploration, or just a couple days in the wild, the choices are endless. Nature awaits you—it's time to book!

Click here to see all the glamping options that Glamping Hub has to offer you.

Glamp Into Spring Break

By Abby Jeffords

Warmer breezes are about to tear through the walls of winter, and the sun will begin to heat the earth so that the life that had been hibernating can reemerge. Even though flowers are bursting into bloom, animals are awakening, and the land is becoming beautiful and clean, we all know that spring is just a teaser for summer. Why do you think spring break was invented?

After winter, our bones ache for sunshine that seeps into our soul, sandy beaches, fruity drinks, and crashing waves. You don’t want to wait for spring to slowly turn into summer. You want it now, and you can have just that when you glamp into spring break.

Here are our top picks for a glamping spring break:

Hawaii: On a hill in the middle of a coffee farm, you can relax in the sunshine with a fruity drink on the deck of this massive luxury yurt and feel the warm, ocean breezes wash over you, thick with the smell of tropical flowers. Talk about unique!

Florida: Check out this cool up-cycled shipping container turned luxury accommodation in Jupiter, Florida. Glampers will be totally immersed in Florida's fantastic natural wilderness, while still getting to soak up that sweet Floridian sun.

Nicaragua: If you’re searching for a beach bungalow in an unforgettable location, look no further. This mellow Nicaraguan retreat is so close to the sea you can literally roll out of bed and into the sand. The luxurious wooden bungalows have spacious ensuite washrooms and are constructed with renewable materials, keeping with the site’s efforts around sustainable tourism.

Caribbean: Who wouldn't want to soak in the warm Caribbean Sea during spring break? These chic, eco-friendly cabins on Water Island off the southern coast of St. Thomas will bring you back to nature in style with ocean views and a home-away-from-home feel that will make you want to stay forever.

California: It isn't the beach, per se, but there is certainly sand and sun! You may not believe that a tipi can be luxurious, but let this Mojave Desert glamping site convince you. Turkish rugs, plush king-sized beds, mosaic tables and an endless night sky. And all the beauties of the wild Californian desert right outside your door.

Peru: On the shores of northern Peru, these cozy beach bungalows are perfect for a relaxing springtime escape. The bamboo huts are nestled happily in the white sand, only a few feet from the waves of the Pacific. Private washrooms, comfy beds, panoramic views of the ocean and access to the wild beauty of Peru—need we say more?

The Fab Features of a Luxury Yurt

By Abby Jeffords

A yurt is a fascinating thing—it's warm in winter, cool in summer, surprisingly spacious, and incredibly strong. It's easy to assemble, functional to use, and its interior can be molded to even the most discerning inhabitant’s tastes.

Yurts are extremely common in the world of glamping because of their utility and flexibility. Most glamping yurts are relatively simple structures with sparse but comfortable furnishings, efficiency kitchens, and occasionally a small adjacent washroom. They are a welcome abode for most any nature-loving traveler, weary or otherwise.

Luxury yurts take glamping to a whole different level with hand-carved wooden furniture, locally-sourced woven rugs, private soaking tubs, running water, full-service kitchens, and, most importantly, killer views.

Here are a some of the most fabulous yurt accommodations on Glamping Hub. Click the images to learn more and book your luxury yurt holiday!

Authentic Mongolian Yurt with Traditional Furnishings, Colorado

Colorful Yurts Snuggled in the Hills Near Malaga, Southern Spain

Luxury Yurt Camp in Norway

Remote Fishing Yurt in Immaculate Wilderness of Naha Bay, Southeast Alaska

Heaven on a Hilltop

By Abby Jeffords

Close your eyes. What’s the first place that comes to mind when you think of coconuts, palm trees, warm sand, surf boards, glittering ocean water, and the smell of Coppertone? How about crashing waves, active volcanoes, flip flops, golden sunsets, emerald mountains, and eternal summer? If you’re thinking the Big Island, Hawaii, then you’re on the money!

The largest of the Hawaiian Islands by far, the Big Island has got it all. Surfing, hiking, snorkeling, parasailing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, whale watching, rafting, zip lining—the list goes on. Sun-seekers flock to the beaches, and adventurers run for the rainforested hills, all clambering to delight in the many wonders the Big Island has to offer.

What's the secret to getting the maximum bliss out of your Hawaiian journey? We say it's knowing where to stay. Secluded and quiet, surrounded by nature, and just minutes from the beach, these yurts are an ideal destination from which to discover the largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

No stuffy rooms in over-crowded hi-rise hotels, no groups of tourists milling about, no tacky gift shops—just fresh air, spectacular views, and all the comforts of home.

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Both of the clean and cozy yurts at this glamping property have comfy beds with luxurious mattresses, a private bathroom, a dining area, a mini-kitchen, and an iPod dock. Outside, you’ll find a shared deck and barbecue, where you can chill out under the stars.

This is an utterly unique and seriously awesome way to go on vacation in Hawaii.

Find Your Romance in the Wild

By Abby Jeffords

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and men and women in America are beginning to prepare, reserving tables for two at fancy restaurants, selecting the perfect pieces of jewelry, thinking about how many roses are too many, and pondering whether heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are still relevant gifts of love. But romance isn’t just about one day of the year and it certainly can’t be contained just within the confines of America. So for the other 364 days of the year and for the rest of the world who don’t follow the Hallmark-card traditions of Valentine’s Day, what can we do to prove our affection to our loved ones? Well, how about trip to the sizzling South Pacific! Glamping Hub has discovered some of the most romantic places in the world in remote corners of Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia and India. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate love in one of these spectacular places?!

India: Luxurious Oasis Camp in Indian Jungle - Sher Bagh

New Zealand: Charming Gypsy Caravans Tucked Away in Romantic Garden in Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Indonesia: Beautiful Papuan Water Cabins in Indonesia

Thailand: Wooden Bungalows/Cottages Amidst Exotic, Privately-Owned Rainforest, Southern Thailand

Thailand: Elephant Rides, Jungle Exploration, and Exotic, Luxury Tents in Thailand

Australia: Stanthorpe Luxury Tent with Outdoor Spa in Queensland, Australia

Bali: Where the Rice Paddies Meet the Jungle - Rice Water Bungalows in Central Bali

14 Glamping Hot Spots for 2014

By Abby Jeffords

If you still have not tried glamping, we have just one question for you: What are you waiting for? The range of amazing destinations and wide variety of accommodations has never been larger or better, so no matter what kind of getaway you are hankering for, there's something for you. Forget laying off chocolate and promising to go to the gym twice a day—your New Year’s resolution should be simple. Go glamping!

To make things a bit simpler, and to give you a pictorial glimpse into what could be in store for your luxury camping adventures in 2014, we’ve selected 14 of our top recommended sites from around the world. If you find yourself subconsciously clicking the “Request booking” button, don’t be surprised!

Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, CA

Clamber high into the trees of the Santa Cruz Mountains and spend the night surrounded by the sounds of the forest canopy in this beautifully handcrafted tree house. Hiking, biking, birdwatching, fishing, and all sorts of other fun activiites await. Some of California's best beaches are just a short drive away, too.

Charming Beachfront Casitas in Tulum, Mexico

You may need shoes to travel to this deliciously sunny destination, but once you arrive, it’s back in the bag they go. Walk out the door of your charming, whitewashed casita, right into the toasty sand of the Mexican coast. Stroll past comfy lounge chairs right up to the crystal-clear, blue waters lapping quietly against the shoreline. Fill your days with yoga, cooking classes, or even Spanish lessons, but don’t forget to leave ample time to recline on the beach in the soul-warming sunshine.

Peaceful Cedar Green House in Silverton, Oregon

It’s almost like a trip back in time. Wake up in this converted green house, which is located in the middle of a farm and surrounded by lush green gardens in Silverton, Oregon. Enjoy the natural cedar hot tub as the afternoon light pours in

Glamorous Airstream Near Costa del Sol, Southern Spain

This stunning limited edition Airstream allows you to enjoy the charm of an Andalusian backdrop while also soaking up luxurious ammenties you'd expect in a hotel.

Elegant Safari Tents in Carolinian Canada

On the leafy banks of a glassy pond, a chic and cozy canvas sanctuary waits for lucky travelers to discover her. Deep in the Carolinian forest of Ontario, you can get back to nature, roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, observing the busy lives of the local wildlife, and enjoying the sound sounds of the rustling trees overhead. Endless outdoor activities are at your fingertips and a quiet tented refuge is there when it’s time to wind down and relax.

Charming Treehouse Site Near Faro, Portugal

Just fifteen minutes away from gorgeous beaches, this lofty hideaway is the perfect Portuguese retreat. High up in the branches of a 100-year-old walnut tree, your little piece of heaven awaits. Listen to the sound of the happily gurgling mountain stream below and gaze up at the infinite canopy of stars above.

Exclusive Luxury Canvas Cabins in Olympia, Washington

You won’t see any sandy dunes or African big game outside of this safari tent. Just the dense greenery of towering douglas firs. The rich smell of pine will permeate your senses as you lie in your luxurious, cloud-like bed beneath a thin but strong canvas roof. Warmly colored textiles and dark woods welcome you into a forest sanctuary like no other, and the surrounding landscapes of Washington’s Millersylvania State Park will make every day a new adventure in the wild.

Renovated and Original Desert Homestead, California

Nothing compares to the stark and wild beauty of southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park, and this cool and quirky glamping site is the perfect place from which to experience it. Located just minutes from the Joshua Tree National Park entrance, this cabin offers an ideal location—tucked away, but not too far from the rest of the world.

Stunning Deluxe Tents and Tipis in Yellowstone, Montana

Experience the glories of Yellowstone National Park from the comfort of one of these luxurious safari tents. Just minutes away from some of the most spectacular parkland in America, your airy, tented getaway will feel like heaven on earth. Explre nature’s wonders during the day, and nights should be equally wondrous, with nothing between you and the stars but a lovely canvas room.

Mediterranean Beach Coast Lodging Tents in Tuscany, Italy

Exquisite in every way, this incredible Tuscan glamping site will erase any memories you had of previous beach holidays. You’ll find yourself just a hop, skip and a jump away from pristine, white sands and the warm cobalt waves of the Mediterranean, where you can while away the daytime hours in sunny tranquility. Your nearby glamping tent is like an outdoor hotel, with quality bedding, sofas for lounging, and even room service. And from your private porch, a magnificent view of…yup you got it…the sparkling sea.

Luxurious Oasis Camp in Indian Jungle - Sher Bagh

Sparkling on the edges of Rathambore National Park, you’ll find this Indian safari gem, with beautiful tents outfitted with every luxury you could ever want or need. Explore the dense greenery and discover the wild game of the jungle, take a dip in the hand-crafted swimming pool, enjoy a glorious massage, take a ride on a camel, or simply swing the day away in a hammock. Every luxurious moment at this site will be a memory you’ll treasure til the end of time.

Romantic Safari Tent Perched High Atop a Ridge in Precious Hill Country, Texas

Texas Hill Country is some of the wildest, wide open terrain in the U.S – a postcard of the Old West. But these lodgings are something else altogether…and that something is definitely something. Safari tents on steroids, these ultra-posh accommodations will knock your socks off. An enormous goose down-covered beds you’ll want to stay in all day, a luxurious washroom with a vintage claw foot tub and thick towels and robes, a full kitchenette for the traveling chef, and a lounge with seating you’ll melt into. All of this luxury atop a hill overlooking a creek and acres of far green Texas country that is ripe for exploring.

Unique A-Frame Cabin in the Mountains of San Jacinto, Southern California

Don’t let the sparkling lights of Palm Springs ensnare you. Just keep on going and make your way into the San Jacinto Mountains to this quiet and dreamily secluded A-frame cabin. A-frames are always surprisingly spacious inside and this one is no exception, with rustic-chic furnishings, a large fireplace, a full kitchen, enough bed space to sleep 6 people, and a gorgeous view into the peaceful woods. Who needs to party with the crowds in Palm Springs when a little slice of private heaven is just a heartbeat away?

Luxury Tipis in Ancient Desert Hills of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, California

When you step through the canvas doorway of a tipi, you will truly understand what it means to go glamping. As one of the simplest lodging structures in the world, a tipi is astoundingly spacious, functional in almost all kinds of weather, and can remain rustic or be dressed to the nines. Apart from these incredible tipis in the Mojave Desert, you'll also appreciate the incredible surroundings. Fantastic hikes, views, and adventures await.

Exotic, Safari Escape along Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, Zambia

Finally, here’s the African safari escape you’ve been waiting for. On the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, you’re a breath away from the tumbling waters and thundering roar of Victoria Falls. But you may never want to leave the confines of your lodging when you see what’s in store. These safari cottages are the ultimate in luxury, with dark handcrafted wood furniture, deep, rich colors and bright fresh linens. Plunge pools, open air living rooms, lounge chairs overhanging the river, fine dining, and body soothing spa services are sample of the heavenly things at your fingertips. And the views…absolutely magical.

Home Away from Home for the Holidays

By Abby Jeffords

There is no place like home—especially during the holidays. It is home where fireplaces are lit, pumpkins are carved, cookies are baked, and decorations are hung, as well as where family and friends can gather and celebrate the year behind and look forward with anticipation to the year ahead.

Although the holiday season is full of good cheer, it also comes decked with its share of stress, from all of the parties with family, friends, and work to cooking, baking, wrapping, buying, eating, and cooking some more. In the middle of the holiday commotion, why not take a bit of a breather? You can head somewhere close to home, but just far enough away to detangle and release some of the stress, somewhere totally unique and fun for the entire family or a quiet and cozy getaway for you and your partner.

You may not think of glamping as a winter activity, but even if you’re in the snowy northern regions of the US, there are wonderful, one-of-a-kind places nearby, in which to hide away and recharge those holiday batteries.

Check out some of our favorite holiday glamping destinations:

Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, CA

Exquisite Wooden Cabins Snuggled in Luxury Colorado Mountain Resort

Deluxe Cabin on Cattle Ranch Resort, Washington

Luxury Cabins Neighboring Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Charming and Secluded Cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Traditional Sioux and Cheyenne Style Tipis on Bison Ranch in Montana

Cozy Dome Rental near State Park, South Carolina

Mountainside Yurts in Brian Head, Utah

Authentic Cabooses in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

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Luxury Camping in Cozy Yurt in Scenic Vermont

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Glamping Good Eats

By Abby Jeffords

The words camping and gastronomy typically conjure images of baked beans straight from the can, burnt hot dogs, and gooey instant oatmeal. Glamping, however, has opened up a new range of possibilities for foodies that want to enjoy a holiday in the great outdoors but aren’t willing to give up their good eats. Not only is the cuisine luxurious, but the presentation and service will leave little to be desired.

Luxury Tents in Sequoia National Monument, California: We love this West Coast glamping site because they keep you well-fed even while you are out exploring the surrounding wilderness. Their “pack-your-own-picnic” option provides you with a basket, and all the fixings you’ll need to spend the day away from the site.

Full-Board Tented Camp in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya: An out-of-this-world gastronomic experience isn’t just about the food. It’s also about ambience. This Kenyan glamping site has clearly figured that out. Enjoying appetizers and a glass of wine while you watch wildlife graze in the savannah truly encompasses the spirit of glamping.

Fully Furnished Glamping Tents in the Adirondacks, New York: Looking to get away from the Big Apple, but don’t want to leave behind the big city cuisine? The food is all-inclusive and all locally sourced. Savory options include Center Cut Pork Chops with a Rosemary Infusion, grilled over an open flame and served with a Sweet Apple Butter, and the Blue Mountain Sirloin Burger with Blue Cheese topped with Apple Wood-Smoked Bacon.

A New Spin on Destination Weddings

By Abby Jeffords

Have you been to a wedding lately? If you have, then you may have noticed that things have changed a bit. The days of the traditional and more formal church nuptials haven’t disappeared completely, but many happy couples are choosing entirely different ways to celebrate their eternal bond. Wild destinations, casual dress, friends and family members officiating. The days of grand ballrooms, overcooked chicken, and post party honeymoon departures are fading fast and a new era of exotic landscapes, organic vegetables and khaki suits has arrived.

Destination weddings, although not a brand new concept, are one of the most popular diversions from conventional celebrations. For decades, couples have hauled their cakes and comrades to romantic spots around the world to exchange their vows. The sands of Hawaii and the Bahamas have seen more ceremonies than we could ever imagine. But although sunny resorts with spa services and chic beachside hotels with celebrity chefs do the trick, a new kid is in town—glamping.

Want to take your outdoor wedding to the next level and make it an adventure your guests will truly never forget? Commandeer a luxury camping site. Have your ceremony on a secluded Spanish beach or in a Norwegian forest glen or on a towering cliff overlooking the Pacific. Party into the night in a spacious candle-lit yurt or under a fabric tent so thin you can see the stars. Send your guests to bed in a deluxe safari tent or soaring tree house, complete with feather beds, private soaking tubs and champagne breakfasts. The options are endless and each more fabulous than the last.

Everyone will remember your wedding because glamping is an utterly unique experience that puts an entirely new spin on the concept of destination I do’s. Not every glampsite accommodates weddings but there are many picturesque and exceptionally romantic ones that do. Check out this recent Glamping Hub blog post to get a bit of inspiration.